The Ruhlin Company performed steam piping modifications to the steam powered turbine generator at Morton Salt. In a previous project, Ruhlin installed the steam turbine generator and steam piping that generates electricity from the steam generated by the salt evaporation process. The modifications performed during this project improve the efficiency of the steam turbine generator.
The project involved the installation of the support steel for the new piping and the piping work. There were 20 pipe supports ranging from wall mounted brackets to 22’ high towers. The steam piping is 14” and 24” schedule 80 pipe and valves.
The challenge of the project was the coordination of the installation of the pipe supports with the pipe work and maintaining the operation of the steam turbine. Working as a team, Ruhlin and Morton Salt came up with a plan to perform pre-outage, outage, and post-outage work. The outage work consisted of key tie-ins to the existing piping and was reduced to two long shifts.